Biblical Tours of Greece and Turkey
- Duration : 14 Days / 13 Nights
- Highlights : Istanbul Seven Churches plus Greek Island Cruise Patmos Rhodes Crete Santorini Athens Meteora Delphi.
- Departure Every Sunday from April to November
OVERVIEW – Biblical Tours of Greece and Turkey
Biblical Jewel of Turkey and Greece Tour , Christian Travel and Tour package combine the some destinations of footsteps of St. Paul and Seven Churches plus cruising in Greek islands. Travelers have the chance to explore a vast part of Greece, Turkey as well as get a glimpse of some oriental characteristic Greek islands while on 3-day Greek island cruise.
- Except Departure dates, tour also operated privately according to the requested dates. Dates are flexible. Please contact us
Biblical Tours of Greece and Turkey with Greek Island Cruise – Itinerary
DAY 01 Sunday – Arrival in Istanbul
Arrival in Istanbul and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 02 Monday – Byzantine and Ottoman Relics Tour
After breakfast begin full day sightseeing tour of Istanbul. Visit Topkapi Palace (harem section is optional), ancient Roman Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia. Continue Sultanahmet tour with the Blue Mosque and stop at Grand Covered Bazaar and will have free time to discover 4000 tiny shops in the passageways of the world largest covered bazaar. Overnight in Istanbul. (B, L)
Day 03 Tuesday – Half Day Morning Bosphorus Cruise
Visit the Spice Bazaar (or Egyptian Bazaar). Then join a boat excursion on the Bosporus on a shared tour. Enjoy viewing Ottoman palaces, Bosporus Bridge, citadels, centuries-old mansions and the European and Asian shorelines at the same time. Free afternoon. Overnight in Istanbul. (B)
Day 04 Wednesday- Ephesus and Leaodicea
Early morning transfer to Istanbul airport for your flight to Izmir. Arrive and meet with your guide. Drive to Ephesus, one of the “Seven Churches of Revelation”. Visit to St. John Basilica and the last abode of Virgin Mary at Mount Solmissos. After lunch, continue to Leodicea a Crossroads of the ancient World. Overnight stay in Pamukkale. (L, D)
Day 05 Thursday- Pamukkale, Sardis Philadelphia and Thyatira
In the morning, we visit the ancient city of Hierapolis home of Philip the Evangelist. Have a break at the calcium terraces of Pamukkale later on precede to Philadelphia. The youngest of the “Seven Churches of Revelation”, visit the still standing remains of an early church and the city walls Lunch on the way. In the afternoon visit, ancient city and ruins of the famous church of Sardis the ancient Lydian capital. Later on the remains of the church of Thyatira then drive to Pergamon where we overnight stay. (B, L, D)
Day 06 Friday– Pergamon, Smyrna
Depart for Pergamon (Bergama). Visit the Church of Pergamon, the red-court, Acropolis, after lunch; we drive to Smyrna (Izmir), recipient of a letter from St Paul praising the early believers for their faithfulness. Visit St. Polycarp Church and a short tour of the city Overnight stay in Kusadasi (B, L)
Day 07 Saturday – Kusadasi -Patmos Crete – Greek Island Cruise
After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the Kusadasi port to embark on your Greek Island Cruise. 17:00 pm you will be at the first port of call is Patmos, the tiny, rocky island where the exiled St. John the Divine received the Revelation upon which the last book of the New Testament is based. The picturesque alleyways wind upwards, towards the Monastery of St. John the Evangelist, founded in 1088 by St. Christodoulos. At 21:30 pm ship will sail to other island of Greece, called CRETE. Dinner and overnight onboard, while you sail to Crete. (B, L, D)
Day 08 Sunday- Crete and Santorini (Cruise)
Arrive Crete at 07:00 am. This morning you arrive at Heraklion, the capital of ancient Crete. You will have panaromic tour at Crete island.(entrance fees not included on panaromic tours) The ancient city of Knossos, with constant habitation from the Neolithic era until the 5th century A.D., is beyond doubt the land that “gave birth” to the first civilization of Europe, the Minoans.The first excavations were begun in 1878 by the Heraklian Minos Kalokairinos. A bit later (1900-1913 & 1922-1930) the excavations by the British Sir Arthur Evans were to complete the scientific research, bringing to light the Minoan palace in its entirety, which was, according to tradition, the residence of the wise King Minos. The palace of Knossos spreads around the large Central Court. You will reach the awe inspiring Throne Room, the fresco of the “Prince of the Lilies”, the imposing Grand Staircase, the Queen’s Megaron in the east. Walking through the apartments of the Knossos palace and observing the finds even as passers-by, you will feel part of this cultural heritage. We will stop in Heraklion city center on the way back to the ship. Heraklion was founded in 824 and is an important homeland of many contributors to Literature and Art, some examples of which are the Nobel winning poet Odysseas Elytis, the Renaissance painter Domenikos Theotokopoulos (El Greco) and the writer Nikos Kazantzakis. Heraklion is also endowed with some wonderful edifices: the “Koules” fortress, the award winning Venetian structure of the Loggia, the Morosini Fountain, the Basilica of Saint Mark, and the Church of Agios Titos. Starting the walk from Liberty square of Heraklion guests will pass by the shopping streets of Dedalou and 25th August and see the sights along the way. At noon, your cruise continues to the Santorini, (you will be there at 16:30 pm until 21:30 pm) which is the most spectacular of the Greek Islands, whose town of Thira is perched on a cliff created by volcanic eruption. you will sail to Athens at night. (B, L, D)
Day 9 Monday- Piraeus, Athens (DISEMBARK)
Arrive Athens AT 07:00 AM. After breakfast, you disembark your cruise ship at Piraeus port and be met with our represantative for transfer to your hotel in Athens. (B)
Day 10 Tuesday- Athens- Delphi
Driving through the region of Beotia, and passing by Thebes and Levadia, our guide will explain to you about the famous myths like Oedipus, and about the first evidence for the appearance of man dated 12.000 years B.C. We will pass by the picturesque village of Arachova, built on the slopes of Parnassus, well-known for its hand-made carpets, where we will make a short stop. We will arrive in Delphi, “the Navel of the Earth”. Here we will visit the Museum with the famous bronze Charioteer, the statue of Antinoos, the athlete Aghias and the site in which you will admire the Ancient Sanctuary and all the renowned ruins of the “Omphalos”, (Navel) of the Ancient world. Afternoon free. Dinner & overnight in Delphi (B, D)
Day 11 Wednesday- Delphi to Kalambaka
Morning free. Departure from Delphi, driving through the city of Lamia while passing by numerous picturesque villages and small towns of Central Greece. Dinner & overnight in Kalambaka (B, D)
Day 12 Thursday – Meteora – Athens
Visit of the well-known Meteora with its Byzantine Monasteries constructed on top of huge rocks, which seem to be
suspended in mid-air.In the afternoon return to Athens via Trikala, Lamia, and Thermopylae (visit the Leonida’s Monument) and Kammena Vourla. Stay overnight in Athens (B)
Day 13 Friday- Half day Athens tour
Drive by the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front of the Parliament House on Constitution Square, the Pan Athenian Stadium and see the Presidential, government buildings and elegant homes. Drive along Panepistimiou Avenue, Catholic Cathedral, the Academy, University, National Library and Omonia Square. In contrast, we visit the Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus and the crowning beauty and glory that were Athens, the Acropolis with its many monuments atop its rocky base. We also visit the Acropolis Museum. Return to hotel at noon. Overnight in Athens.(B)
Day 14 Saturday- Athens Departure
Transfer to Athens International Airport for departure flight back home. (B)
P.S: For group requirements, other languages are available on demand.
TOUR PRICE INCLUDE
- Arrival, departure airport transfers.
- Domestic flight ticket from Istanbul to Izmir.
- Accommodation in 4* hotels double occupancy, Single supplement is surcharge.
- Cruise from Turkey to Greece full board accommodation cabin standards in site IB cabin (Upgrade is on demand with extra cost).
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary. (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- Compulsory shore excursicon in Heraklion.(Seat in coach tour- entrance fees are not included. this tour can be changed by the cruise company)
- Entrance fees to the various sites. (except shore excurcions in Heraklion)
- Transportation in non-smoking and Air-conditioned vehicles.
- bevarege package in the cruise. (Unlimitted alcholic & non-alcholic drinks)
- English speaking official tour guide.
- Cruise Port tax (US$ 168)
- International flights.
- Beverages.(except beverage package in the cruise ship)
- Gratitude to Tour Staff
- Personal expenses.
- Any other item not specifically mentioned as being included.
Semi Private Tour Prices
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- Above Third person price valid for triple rooms and Cabin. If required a single room there will be additional cost
Departure Every Sunday from April to November
P.S: For group requirements, other languages are available on demand.